United are not favourites to win the title because they have the most money, because they clearly have not. But they do have the most experience, almost all of it residing in Ferguson and his coaches, and most important of all their manager does not appear to have a shelf-life. Wenger’s obituaries are already being written, and while that may be premature, it does seem apparent that he is struggling to recapture the vitality and decisiveness of his early years. Mourinho, Rafa Ben?tez, Carlo Ancelotti and a host of others have already been and gone. Mancini and Villas-Boas may turn out to be long-term players, who knows? All one can say at the moment is that you wouldn’t necessarily bet on them outlasting a soon-to-be septuagenarian at Old Trafford. Because Fergie appears to have discovered the secret formula all the alchemists have been looking for. His teams seem to keep him young. Almost every other manager, quite visibly in some cases, experiences the exact opposite.
About Lloyd Shepherd
Lloyd is the author of The English Monster, The Poisoned Island, Savage Magic, and The Detective and The Devil. He lives in London, and only talks about himself in the third person for SEO purposes.